Thanksgiving Cactus – A Thankful Surprise

April 19, 2013 – 10:03 am

Thanksgiving Cactus BloomsBack in October, I wrote a blog post about How to Care for a Christmas Cactus.Pink Thanksgiving Zygocactus Blooms row it away. It had never bloomed (mainly because I hadn’t given it the proper care) so I was determined to see flowers this year.

I was a little worried when I saw flower buds starting so early, so imagine my surprise when they got bigger and bigger and eventually starting blooming – now, at Thanksgiving.Thanksgiving Cactus Blooms /p>

What’s the difference, and how can you tell?
Both plants come from the same family and look similar, so how can you tell the Thanksgiving cactus and Christmas cactus apart? The easiest way to tell is by the subtle differences in their leaf shapes, but there are also similarities in their flowers once they bloom.

A Thanksgiving cactus will bloom much earlier than a Christmas cactus (hence the name) because it doesn’t require the long periods of darkness – it’s geared to bloom as the days get shorter.

Pink Thanksgiving Zygocactus Blooms Thanksgiving Cactus with Pink Blooms

Source: browneyedrose.wordpress.com


Hirt's Hirt's Yellow Christmas Cactus Plant - Zygocactus - 4" Decorative Pot Cover
Lawn & Patio (Hirt's)
  • Homegrown by Hirt s Gardens
  • With proper care will bloom between Thanksgiving and Christmas
  • Prefers some sun, water when dry
  • Makes a great gift. Easy to grow house plant
  • The plant you will receive is growing in a 4 inch pot with decorative pot cover. The color of the pot cover may vary.

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Should I leave my container garden out in the potential heat (or rain)? or put it safely in the 3 sided entrance walkway to the backdoor where the containers will surely receive no rain, sunshine, or drought?
I have 7 plastic two-gallon containers, one metal 30 gallon container, one plastic five gallon container, 3 plastic 40 gallon container, one ceramic 5 gallon container, one large hanging cocoa-liner basket, one small plastic hanging basket and one ceramic 3 gallon container. Most contain vegetables (including the large hanging basket). Peppers, tomatoes, and spinach as well as wave petunias, daisies, pansies (that the stupid rabbit keeps finding a way to eat!!!), marigolds, and other random flowers that sounded good while browsing the nursery


Hirt's Hirt's Orange Christmas Cactus Plant - Zygocactus - 4" pot
Lawn & Patio (Hirt's)
  • Easy to grow house plant
  • With proper care will bloom between Thanksgiving and Christmas
  • Prefers some sun
  • Water when dry
  • The plant you will receive is growing in a 4 pot, with multiple plants in the pot

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